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My 1999 beetle is eating speed sensors after just 40 - 50 miles, works fine during that time. am being told i need new tranny ! why would that be if a new sensor ftxes it temporarily ? seems like the sensor is creating the problem not the tranny. can u explain ?

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  • Sarah Bess Jul 27, 2009

    would a tranny that was going bad cause damage to a brand new sensor in 40 = 50 miles after replacing it? if works like new for that 40 = 50 miles then goes bad.



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You'll need to check the 2 speed sensors-- First one is Engine Speed Sensor is just to the right of the Oil Filter housing near the transmission/engine mating point.

Another one is the Vehicle Speed Sensor which is located at the rear of the transmission (both Auto and Manual) right above the Differential cover. Has a 3 pin connector with a Silver heat sheath over it.
Wheel Speed Sensor is bolted to the Steering Knuckles in front, near the Outer CV Joint, and in the rear near the calipers.

I would also recommend you to get the fault codes checked from a nearby dealer. They'll tell you the fault codes and from those codes you can make out if it is really an issue with the speed sensors or any other issue which is causing this.

Please do accept the solution if the issue is resolved or else revert for further assistance.


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    Rylee Smith Jul 27, 2009

    As stated earlier I would recommend you to get the fault codes checked from a nearby dealer. They'll tell you the fault codes and from those codes you can make out if it is really an issue with the speed sensors or any other issue which is causing this.

    Please do accept the solution if the issue is resolved or else revert for further assistance.




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